Home Fire update
Lightning struck a home yesterday afternoon as rain moved into the area. Fire crews arrived on the scene of the house fire at 629 Meldahl lane through already flooding streets. Though the fire was under control within an hour and there were no injuries, the home is unlivable at the moment due to the instability of the roof. The other townhome suffered smoke damage but due to a fire barrier constructed during building, there was no physical damage.
Northfield Hospital nets more than great patient care
During the Northfield city council meeting, they heard a presentation on the Hospital Finance Audit. Their numbers are very strong. In 2011 they made $7 million and cash/investments of $41 million. Mayor Rossing wanted to make it clear that the city, which means the citizens, owns the hospital and that they need to better understand the relationship between the two. That question will certainly be looked at by the Hospital Task Force.
As a city owned hospital,they are able to collect debt owed in ways that non-profits or privately owned hospitals cannot. After going to collections, they are able to collect by taking a debtor’s tax return. Last year they recovered $600,000. which amounts to about 2% of their gross revenue.
GO Bonds go for great rate
The first item on the regular agenda was awarding the sale of $965,000 in General Obligation bonds for the 2012 Street reconstruction project. The bid came in at 1.7% interest. An Ehlers rep said with the interest savings and discounts from the underwriter, that gave the city an extra $13,000 to use for other projects or put into the debt service fund. The closing date will be July 12th.
Planning Commission meets tonight
The Planning Commission meets tonight at 7 o’clock. They will discuss several methods of how to adequately and efficiently review land acquisition and disposal requests. They will also talk about ways to more efficiently report their findings to City Council and staff in an effort to save time and reduce paperwork. Another item for discussion is the Land Develoment Code changes and interpretations. The residential sections in the LDC need to be re-organized and presented in a more coherent form and logical order. There are numerous questions to be answered. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
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